School’s Back In

Let me paint a picture for you:

It’s Thursday, 31st January, sun shining, put simply, just a beautiful morning. It’s around 8.00am and the mixed emotions of excitement and nervousness fills the air as the first few students start to arrive. It’s not long before the courtyards are filled with laughter, loud greetings and excitement as many students see their friends for the first time for the year. There were tears openly flowing from many new parents as they said their final goodbyes to their children before they headed off to their homerooms. By 9.00am silence had fallen across the courtyards and over 3150 students across the College had successfully, calmly and respectfully found their new homes for 2019. It was truly amazing!

I would like to warmly welcome all new families officially to Hazel Glen College and welcome back returning families for another year. I wish all students, parents and guardians all the very best for a successful year ahead. We know education is more effective when a successful partnership between schools and home work together to support each child’s needs and educational journey. We look forward to working with you to ensure the success of your child this year.

This year we formally commenced our first VCE and VCAL pathway options. Students start to think and plan for their future post-secondary education which brings an exciting time to their lives. These final 2 years of education require students to apply themselves to the best of their ability to achieve their best outcome that leads them to reach further study at either TAFE or Tertiary Education, Apprenticeships or moving directly into the Work Force of their choice. Good luck to all our VCE and VCAL students.

I would like to thank the College leadership team and all staff sincerely for their hard work to ensure the start of the year was smooth and successful for all of our students. The grounds and buildings look amazing and the classrooms have been set up to support and engage student learning to the highest standard. I am extremely proud of the staff that we have at Hazel Glen and recognise the quality of the school is based on the wonderful work they do with your children.
Thank you to all the parents who have acknowledged this to me but more importantly to your child’s teachers directly.

Our College culture is very important to us and is embedded in all that we do at Hazel Glen. The Fish Philosophy is represented across the College from Kindergarten students and staff all the way through to our Year 11 student cohort and teachers in many different ways. These vary from visual displays, staff interactions and use of language, student engagement, assemblies, recognition of student achievements and the general climate and expectations of students and staff in the College. I have received extensive positive feedback from families about the feel of the place when they attend the College and am always grateful as this is something we pride ourselves on. For those seeking additional information please go to YouTube and type in “the FISH philosophy” and watch one of the clips.

We think our students look amazing in our College uniform, seeing the thousands of students on day one flooding into the College was like a sea of purple, black and white flowing. Thank you to all families in ensuring your child was in the full correct uniform as this is a compulsory expectation for all students.
I continually field parent concerns over the challenges around traffic management around the College and recognise that this continues to be an issue. I am in regular contact with the City of Whittlesea and PTV to seek alternative improvements particularly around drop off and pick up times. The additional parking at the new sports complex has certainly assisted us but due to our size is still not enough. I respectfully remind people that are traveling by car to obey local parking signs and time limits for the greater good of our College community.

Most importantly I ask for parents to ensure your children are using the pedestrian crossings that are supervised for their safety and to all drivers, please slow down around the College and manage your frustration calmly for the safety of all of our students.

I hope that all of your children have had a great start to the year and ask you to remember that education your children is a partnership, and only by working together can we improve our chances of success. In the end, we all want the same thing, the best for your child.

Best Wishes
Anthony Stockwell